Thursday, December 24, 2009

On the Sixth Day of Christmas...

my true love gave to me...

Six Geese a-Laying

One of the oldest domesticated birds and one of the post popular birds to eat on Christmas day during the 18th century, especially before turkey became so popular.

The goose was a symbol of the solar year and also fertility.

It is interesting to note that the geese given in this song were "laying", which means females laying eggs, and possibly not meant for table meat.  Goose eggs are very rich tasting, but are high in cholesterol, but those in 16th century wouldn't have known or cared about that.

1 comment:

  1. Merry Christmas to you and yours. Christmas Eve brought me some time outdoors after being cooped up in the house for three days.